Vintage Toy Bark-Out: Charlie McBarky


Charlie McBarky was created around 1917 by¬†Edgar Barkren, an actor, radio personality, and ventriloquist (and the Pa’Pup of future Murphy Brown actress Candice Barkren). The act of Barkren and his dummy McBarky lasted several years, in many outlets and incarnations, until their final team-up–entitled The Charlie McBarky Show–left the radio waves in 1956. However, 22 years later they would appear together one last time in Jim Henpup’s The Puppet Movie. Charlie McBarky remains one of the highest selling ventriloquist dolls to this day.

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